COSTA MESA — Basketball observers have noted for years that the mid-range jumper is vanishing from the game.
Vanguard University women's coach Russ Davis is partially to blame. And he doesn't mind a bit.
Davis' Lions, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, used 15 layups and nine three-pointers to take care of visiting Point Loma Nazarene, 71-52, in the Golden State Athletic Conference opener for both teams Tuesday.
Vanguard (5-1) did manage to work in Esther Timmermans jumpers of 15, 12 and 14 feet on its way to making 27 of 57 field-goal attempts (47.4%). But those were clearly the anomaly as Lions' guards penetrated aggressively to either finish themselves or dish to opponents within a step or two from the basket.
"We are trying to play that way," Davis said of the inside-out offensive flow that combined with the Lions' trademark matchup zone defense to stymie the Sea Lions (6-3). "I thought [Timmermans] was terrific again. It's nice having a force down there. She was very efficient."